ZANESVILLE — In its first year of service, the Genesis Perry County Medical Center (GPCMC) Emergency Department has kept its promise to provide quality healthcare close to home by providing treatment to more than 11,000 patients.

Only 12 minutes away from 75 percent of the county’s population, the GPCMC Emergency Department has seen 11,581 patients from Aug. 20, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

As the only free-standing and always-open emergency department in the area, more than 40 patients are treated per day by a staff comprised of approximately 85 percent Perry County residents.

Currently recording a patient satisfaction score higher than 92 percent, the GPCMC Emergency Department beats national benchmarks by nearly 30 minutes with patients spending less than 90 minutes at the facility.

“We set out with the goal of providing the residents of Perry County emergency and specialty care that is close to home,” Matthew Perry, CEO of Genesis HealthCare System, said. “This past year has shown that we have delivered on that promise, and Genesis remains committed to providing the highest quality, compassionate healthcare right here in Somerset.”

In honor of this past year serving Perry County, area residents are being invited to a community cookout and blood drive Saturday, Aug. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the GPCMC Emergency Department.

Attendance is free, and activities include:

• Cookout at noon

• Visit from the MedFlight helicopter crew (weather permitting)

• Emergency Department tours

• Demonstration by Perry County sheriff’s deputy K-9 Argo

• Giveaways

• Health information

• Blood drive, hosted by the American Red Cross, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Open all day, every day, the GPCMC Emergency Department is staffed with fellowship-trained physicians and specialty staff, eight examination and treatment rooms and a major medical bay. The emergency department treats all emergency situations, including heart attack, stroke, complex medical conditions, serious injuries, broken bones and more.

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